Lucy's dance dream is coming true thanks to Crowdfunding

Lucy's dance dream is coming true thanks to Crowdfunding

A dance star who dreamed of landing a place at one of the country’s leading performing arts schools has been hailed as a trailblazer for a new crowdfunding initiative. 

Wigan-born Lucy Eccles has always aspired to become a professional dancer and put in the hours to make it happen; training relentlessly five days a week, since the age of five.

To help reach her goal she had her heart set on gaining a place at LIPA, an outstanding performing arts college in Liverpool, but expensive tuition fees were proving to be a barrier. 

Knowing this to be the case and with the help of Alan Gregory - the composer and producer of Beyond Wigan Pier – Lucy’s family turned to a Wigan Council supported crowdfunding platform for help.

After sharing her story and dedication to achieving her dreams, charitable donations flooded through and eventually topped the £4,000 target.

The 19-year-old has since gone on to demonstrate her passion and skills by becoming just one of three to graduate from the foundation pathway and be offered a place on the main course.

Lucy said: “I am very grateful for the crowdfunding as it enabled me to train at a performing arts institute which provided the best training for me.

“My mum and I were amazed by the generosity of the people who donated to the ‘Lucy’s dream’ page and to this day we can’t thank them enough.”

After completing her first year at LIPA, the teenager has had the opportunity to take part in workshops with professional dancers and choreographers, gaining an insight into the industry.

After graduating in July, Lucy received her Foundation Certificate in Dance from Sir Paul McCartney - a moment she says she will never forget.

Lucy has thanked Alan for all his support and the man behind Beyond Wigan Pier is beaming with pride about her achievements.

The performing arts champion has seen Lucy grow from the age of three and witnessed her first dance steps at Miss Tina's Dance Academy in Springfield.

Alan said: “In the competitive world of dance, there was no way her dedicated mother Jill and I were going to allow money to be the barrier to her success.

“She has repaid our faith in her and the faith of all those who contributed to her crowdfunding project 1,000 fold already. 

“Lucy is a shining example to all and epitomises mine and Wigan Council's aspirations for the arts in our fair town.”

If you are looking to fund a new project there is an opportunity to be part of our crowdfunding pilot initiative and we could fund up to 50 per cent for you.

So, if you do have an idea or project you are passionate about but need a little help kickstarting then the council's Crowdfunding platform could be the difference in getting it off the ground.

There are two upcoming workshops available to residents who want to query the platform and how best to utilise it:

  • Wednesday 4th December 2019 at the Hope Enterprise Centre in Scot Lane, Wigan, from 10am - 12noon, or from 2pm - 4pm.
  • Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 6 Gas Street Spinning Gate car park at the same times as above.

For more information or advice, please email

Posted on Tuesday 3rd December 2019

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